I don’t think anyone out there is starving due to lack of posts from me, but for the sake of any new readers who turn up here as a result of the 2011 Chez Rea Annual Letter as well as for my own sake in keeping an accurate garden journal, I shall now CATCH UP on all the garden events I missed posting about during the last few months of 2011.
Master Gardener Activity
I had better success with growing peppers this year. I had bought two patio pepper plants from Woldhuis in May and put them in pots along my driveway.
For more information about deadheading, see my Flower Power post from earlier in September.
We enjoyed our tomatoes all through their season, both before and after the Tomato Tasting party. We popped the cherry tomatoes into our mouths like candy, and I made plenty of salsa, bruschetta, and insalata caprese. It was wonderful! The downside, however, was that I was not able to make freeze very much tomato sauce for the winter. I did try something different this year, however: I made my tomato sauce in a slow cooker.
By the way, I grew two green varieties of tomato this year (so those pictured above ARE ripe): Green Zebra and Green Emerald.
First Steps of the Plant Dance
I had to go out of town at the end of September and beginning of October, so I brought a few of my potted plants inside–just a few, those that I was most worried about should the outside temperatures drop too much while I was gone. My family calls this the return of The Jungle. I call it the Plant Dance as I usually move plants back and forth, inside and outside, upstairs and downstairs several times during the course of getting them settled inside before winter (or outside before summer).
Meanwhile, my master gardener friend Donna Hirsch wrote an excellent article for our garden club newsletter about bringing houseplants inside: Houseplants Return Home! Her methods are much more thorough than mine, and I did follow some of them the following month when I brought in more plants from my deck.